Episode #2980

World Music from Spain

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Monday, November 29, 2010

flamenco dancer (Andrea Balducci/flickr)

From the twelfth century to the present, Spain has seen the collision of cultures reflected in music, and could be considered to be world music’s ancestral home.  For this New Sounds program, we’ll hear the early Cantigas de Santa Maria, when Islamic, Jewish and Christian traditions came together in Spain. 

Plus, contemporary music by French bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons, with a mixture of some flamenco, jazz, and Indian music.  Then there's music from an imaginary radio station on the southern coast of Spain by Radio Tarifa, an arrangement of a Moorish song, "Lamma Bada."  Also, listen to flamenco guitarist Juan Martin's Arab-Andalusian group Musica Alhambra and the Arab influence in Spanish music, including the darbuka, tabla, and the oud.  And much more.

PROGRAM #2980, World Music from Spain (First aired on Tues. 9-15-09)





Joel Cohen & Camerata Mediterranea

Cantigas de Santa Maria

Cantiga 100: Santa Maria strela do Dia, excerpt

Erato 25498 Reissued by Warner Classics as Apex CD 2564 61924 Out of print, but try* and auction sites

Renaud Garcia – Fons


Entremundo [4:00]

Enja 9464

Renaissance Players | Winsome Evans

Of Numbers and Miracles: Selected Cantigas de Santa Maria

Cantiga 77: Da que Deus Mamou [4:17]

Celestial Harmonies 13091

Radio Tarifa

Rumba Argelina

Lamma Bada [3:28]

World Circuit / Nonesuch 79472

Juan Martin

Musica Alhambra

Evocation [9:43]

Flamencovision 04

Son de la Frontera

Son de la Frontera

Como El Agua Entre Las Piedras [5:05]

World Village 468059

Toumani Diabate/ Ketama / Danny Thompson


Caramelo [4:18]

Hannibal Records 1323 Out of print, but try* and auction sites

Radio Tarifa

Rumba Argelina

Soledad [4:12]

See above.

Joel Cohen & Camerata Mediterranea

Cantigas de Santa Maria

Cantigas 320: Santa Maria leva [3:45]

See above.


El Milagro de Guadalupe

Esta es Cena de Amor Llena [2:48]

IAGO/ Talking Taco Music 214 Download from

Joel Cohen & Camerata Mediterranea

Cantigas de Santa Maria

Cantigas 250, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

Comments [2]

John Schaefer

Thanks, Lisa. No, I haven't heard of that band, but I will check them out... sounds like something we could use.

Dec. 01 2010 03:54 PM
Lisa from Brooklyn

John, have you ever heard of a group called L'ham de Foc? They're Catalan, heavily Arab/Eastern influenced music, sung mostly in Spanish and Catalan. I was hoping to see them on this playlist. They're fantastic!

Nov. 29 2010 10:33 PM

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